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The Business Group Blog was created to share and discuss information about challenges and solutions to the health care benefits issues that large employers face today and tomorrow — such as controlling health care costs, reforming the health care delivery system, and engaging employees in their health and benefits — and will provide insight into national health policy issues. We hope you find this information useful and will consider subscribing to the blog and sharing any thoughts or ideas with us at blog@businessgrouphealth.org.

Top 5 Tips for Mainstreaming HIV/AIDS Insurance Coverage Worldwide
December 1, 2016

Top 5 Tips for Mainstreaming HIV/AIDS Insurance Coverage Worldwide

Despite great progress on HIV/AIDS-related research, advocacy, and workplace initiatives, very little attention has historically been focused globally on HIV/AIDS and insurance coverage, particularly in the private market. Private insurance is important because it can improve employees’ access to effective HIV testing and treatment.

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Moving Ahead on ACA Compliance
November 23, 2016

Moving Ahead on ACA Compliance

Recently, the IRS extended “good faith” transition relief, which protects employers from ACA employer reporting penalties for an additional year, provided they make good faith efforts to comply. We expect that agencies regulating employers and their health plans--DOL, HHS, IRS, and EEOC--will continue to issue guidance on the ACA, tax, and other compliance topics in the coming months.

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Health Communications: Understanding Your Target Audience
November 21, 2016

Health Communications: Understanding Your Target Audience

Before designing a wellness promotion program, you should have a clear image of your target group. Who is the intended audience of the specific initiatives you’re planning on implementing? This will help you and the program developers feel connected to your audience as real people, not just as a group of employees with given demographic characteristics.

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Preventing COPD Through Tobacco Cessation Programs
November 16, 2016

Preventing COPD Through Tobacco Cessation Programs

November 16 is World Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Day

Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) refers to progressive, incurable lung diseases (e.g., emphysema, chronic bronchitis, refractory asthma, etc.). Symptoms include difficulty breathing, shortness of breath, chronic cough, wheezing, and chest tightness. The main risk factors for COPD include tobacco smoking, indoor or outdoor air pollution, or exposure to occupational dusts and chemicals.

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Moving from Volume to Value-Introducing the LAN
November 15, 2016

Moving from Volume to Value-Introducing the LAN

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) launched the Health Care Payment and Learning and Action Network (LAN) in 2015 to align stakeholders across sectors in moving payment from traditional fee-for-service (FFS) methods to one linked to quality via alternative payment models (APMs). The LAN is an unprecedented collaboration of stakeholders from the private, public, and non-profit sectors whose goal is to transform the nation’s health system by supporting health care value over volume. 

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Raising Diabetes Awareness in the Workplace
November 14, 2016

Raising Diabetes Awareness in the Workplace

This year’s theme is Eyes on Diabetes. It focuses on early screening for type 2 diabetes and treatment to reduce the risk of serious complications. Diabetes is a chronic disease that occurs either when the pancreas does not produce enough insulin or when the body cannot effectively use the insulin it produces.

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What The Trump Election Means for the ACA
November 11, 2016

What The Trump Election Means for the ACA

Now that Donald Trump has won the presidency with a majority Republican House and Senate, what does the future of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) look like?  During the campaign, Donald Trump supported Republican Congressional efforts to “repeal and replace” the law with an alternative health care plan. Will he push through with his campaign pledge?

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